The ISO 14000 family of standards provides practical tools for companies and organizations of all kinds looking to manage their environmental responsibilities. ISO 14001:2004 and its supporting standards such as ISO 14006:2011 focus on environmental systems to achieve this. The other standards in the family focus on specific approaches such as audits, communications, labelling and life cycle analysis, as well as environmental challenges such as climate change. .
ISO 14001:2004 sets out the criteria for an environmental management system and can be certified to. It maps out a framework that a company or organization can follow to set up an effective environmental management system. It can be used by any organization regardless of its activity or sector. Using ISO 14001:2004 can provide assurance to company management and employees as well as external stakeholders that environmental impact is being measured and improved.
A two day course containing the following:
Following are the roles for whom training is suitable.
The “Certified ISO 14001 Internal Auditor” exam covers the following competence domains:
1. What is an environmental management system (EMS)?
An EMS is a tool that embeds environmental considerations into your management and operations, helping you to:
Integrate ISO 14001 into existing formal management systems.
2. What is Quality Management System (QMS)?
3. What benefits can an EMS bring?
Implementing an EMS will improve your awareness of your environmental impacts, risks and opportunities, and help you to reduce:
These initiatives can result in significant savings (now and in the future).
4. Can existing environmental management activities be integrated into the EMS?
Yes. An EMS is flexible and does not require organizations to necessarily “retool” their existing activities. An EMS establishes a management framework by which an organization’s impacts on the environment can be systematically identified and reduced. For example, many organizations, including counties and municipalities, have active and effective pollution prevention activities underway. These could be incorporated into the overall EMS.
5. Can EMS be used to assist with maintaining compliance?
Yes. As an example, the Mass. DEP has opted to assist with the use of EMS in compliance cases. Also check out the EPA Guidance on the Use of EMS in Enforcement.